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Robot Science Autonomy in the Atacama Desert and BeyondScience-guided autonomy augments rovers with reasoning to make observations and take actions related to the objectives of scientific exploration. When rovers can directly interpret instrument measurements then scientific goals can inform and adapt ongoing navigation decisions. These autonomous explorers will make better scientific observations and collect massive, accurate datasets. In current astrobiology studies in the Atacama Desert we are applying algorithms for science autonomy to choose effective observations and measurements. Rovers are able to decide when and where to take follow-up actions that deepen scientific understanding. These techniques apply to planetary rovers, which we can illustrate with algorithms now used by Mars rovers and by discussing future missions.

Document ID
20150007134
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Thompson, David R. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wettergreen, David S. (Carnegie-Mellon Univ. Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 1, 2015
Publication Date
May 6, 2013
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Meeting Information
2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013)(Karlsruhe)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX11AJ87G
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
robotic surface exploration
science autonomy